June 28, 2011 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation announces the approval of 20 grant requests valued at more than $250,000. The funding and resources will assist fire departments, police departments and EMS in Firehouse Subs communities in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Tennessee, Texas and as far west as Nevada and Utah.
Two of the approved grant requests greatly assist first responders in Alabama. Throughout the month of May, Firehouse Subs allowed guests the opportunity to "round up" their bill to the nearest dollar in participating locations, benefiting first responders and survivors of the tornado devastation.
"Our local heroes need to be prepared at a moment's notice to protect and save lives," said Robin Peters, executive director of Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. "Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, with the support of our restaurants, is dedicated to equipping, educating and funding first responders."
The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation plans to make another round of grant allocations in September.
Each restaurant recycles leftover, five-gallon pickle buckets and sells them to customers for $2. Donation canisters on register counters explain the non-profit's mission and collect spare change.
In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the non-profit, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, with the mission to provide funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to aid first-responders. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs has given more than $2.2 million to hometown heroes, including fire and police departments and EMS organizations.
Firehouse Subs, founded in Jacksonville, Fla., by former firefighting brothers Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, is a 434-unit fast casual restaurant chain. Firehouse Subs offers oversized portions of premium hand-sliced meats, steamed to make the flavors burst, then piled high with fresh produce atop a toasted sub roll. The restaurants reflect the authentic firefighter heritage, as well as the founding family's 200 years of firefighting service.